- serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical: architecture that was more banausic than inspired.
Origin of banausic
Related Words for banausicgreedy, secular, temporal, sensual, profane, tedious, repetitious, boring, repetitive, dreary, humdrum, tiresome, dull, ho-hum, plodding, mundane, prosaic, banal, mediocre, pedantic
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Historical Examples of banausic
The burghers began to tune the melodies of a new music: a banausic artisan song.Women of the Teutonic Nations
- merely mechanical; materialistic; utilitarian
Word Origin for banausic
Word Origin and History for banausic
"merely mechanical," coined 1845 from Greek banausikos "pertaining to mechanics," from banausos "artisan, mere mechanical," hence (to the Greeks) "base, ignoble;" perhaps literally "working by fire," from baunos "furnace, forge" (but Klein dismisses this as folk etymology and calls it "of uncertain origin").